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Peter Berger
Religion & Other Curiosities
June 4, 2014
Feminism and the Gay Rights Movement

From Counter-Culture to Cultural Orthodoxy

It is very doubtful whether there are any “laws of history”. However, there are certain recurring sequences of events that make one suspect that similar circumstances are likely to have similar consequences. One such sequence is that movements of liberation result in repressive regimes.

May 28, 2014
Cultural Globalization

Is Yoga a Religion?

Yoga probably is not a religion—it is too diffuse and under-organized to fit under this concept. But a more important question is, can religious themes be separated from practice? The answer is less clear-cut.

May 21, 2014
French Canadian Common Sense

Quebec Rejects Secularism

Another defeat for Kemalism: French Canadians roundly rejected a draconian new law preventing all state employees from exhibiting “conspicuous religious symbols” at work.

May 14, 2014
A Setback for Kemalists

May One Pray While One Smokes?

The recent Supreme Court ruling about prayer before town meetings is a setback for militant Kemalists in the United States.

May 7, 2014
Return From Exile

500 Years of Solitude

Spain is welcoming back the descendants of the Sephardic Jews it expelled in 1492, giving out passports to whoever can prove their lineage.

April 30, 2014
Popular Religion

Heaven For Everyone?

The film Heaven Is For Real has done very well at the box office, in part by tapping into lax modern attitudes about salvation. Some critics are troubled by its message.

April 23, 2014
Gay Marriage And Protestantism

“I Didn’t Know We Had a Navy!”

A lesbian couple marked the first same-sex church wedding in England last week, a milestone which helps illuminate some of the debate ongoing among Protestants over the issue of same-sex marriage.

April 16, 2014

Can One Teach The Whole Gospel While Standing On One Leg?

Modernity poses a not-unhealthy challenge to all religions to reflect on their core convictions. What is Christianity all about?

April 3, 2014

A Note From Peter Berger

I am facing an intimidating pile of urgent writing commitments. Rather than squeeze in hastily written posts (with unavoidably thin content), I have decided to put in a pause on my blog. I will resume posting my usual pearls of wisdom at some point next month (April). I wish my readers a happy beginning of spring. Au […]

March 26, 2014
Same-Sex Marriage

A French Surprise

An anti-gay marriage protest movement in France claims it is neither of the Right or of the Left, and refreshingly concerns itself primarily not with the rights of adults, but with the rights of children.

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